Poland marks 1,050 years of Christianity

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A divided Poland is holding three days of ceremonies to mark the 1,050th anniversary of its conversion to Christianity, signalling a new era of even closer ties between the national conservative government and the Catholic Church.

On Friday, political and church leaders attended a joint session of parliament and mass in the western city of Poznan in honour of the baptism, in nearby Gniezno sometime around 966 AD, of Duke Mieszko I.

The Duke ruled the territory that is now Poland.

While government leaders and bishops paid tribute to the “inextricable” link between Polish and Christian identity, opposition leaders accuse the government of trampling on the rule of law.

Read more: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/poland-marks-1-050-years-of-christianity-1.2612466

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